Finder Beauty Fave: Glow Recipe Papaya Cleansing Balm

Posted: 4 December 2020 11:31 am

Throw out your makeup wipes and get on board this makeup melting cleansing balm from Glow Recipe.

If you're still using makeup wipes in 2020, I highly suggest you rethink your skincare routine. Yes, they may be super convenient but there are much better ways to cleanse your skin and these wipes play a huge part in environmental waste.

This wasn't my first time trying Glow Recipe – I love the Watermelon Glow Face Mist and the Blueberry Bounce Cleanser. Both of those products play on different scents and amazing textures, and this cleansing balm is no different.

The quick verdict

Why is it good? This cleansing balm melts away makeup and more, without leaving an unwanted residue.

How much is it? $51 for 100mL.

Where to buy it: Cult Beauty and MECCA.

Glow Recipe's Papaya Cleansing Balm promises to get rid of makeup, dead skin, dirt, oil and more. The creamy texture is designed to melt makeup and cleanse the skin, all while delivering hydration.

Key ingredients include papaya enzymes to gently smooth, resurface and soothe skin, papaya seed oil which is rich in fatty acids and vitamin C, and blueberry extract which is packed with antioxidants.


Not only does this cleansing balm smell delicious and feel luxurious, the texture is also super creamy and easy to use.

Cleansing balms are designed to replace makeup wipes and form a double cleanse routine, meaning you should follow up with a cleanser afterwards. I've tried a few pre-cleanse type products before and I've always found they left some kind of residue on my skin.

With the Papaya Cleansing Balm, I tend to need just over a teaspoon-sized amount, and I work this into dry skin, massaging for about 30 seconds. I then like to add some water, as this enhances the creaminess of the product.

Once I'm done, I rinse it all off with lukewarm water and I love how easy it is to remove – no unwanted residue leftover!

I do like to follow up with a foaming cleanser to completely clean my skin, as I feel the cleansing balm works great as a makeup remover.

Once my skin is clean and dry, I love the way it looks – it's clean but it doesn't look stripped and dehydrated which is something that can often happen.

The Papaya Cleansing Balm is vegan, cruelty-free, fragrance free, paraben and sulphate free. It's also safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Don't like actually eating papaya? Neither do I, so there's truly no excuse to not give this a go, unless you're allergic of course.


Glow Recipe's Papaya Cleansing Balm retails at $51 for 100mL.

I wouldn't say it's affordable, so I can't say you need to own this. If it is out of your budget, I do recommend at least looking for a cheaper alternative and dumping those makeup wipes for good.

Where to buy

You can shop all things Glow Recipe from Cult Beauty and MECCA.

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